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OUR LADY OF FATIMA QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY: The next time we will be reciting the Rosary will be on Wednesday 13 September when we shall pray for peace and tolerance throughout the world and for the sick of the Parish.

Fr Ken’s Leaving event : Everyone is invited to attend a ‘Thanks & Farewell’ event in the hall and on the lawn on Sunday 27th August from 12.15pm with a presentation to Fr. Ken at 1.15pm.  If you can help on the day or on Saturday please contact Miriam on There are lots of jobs to do ,so even if you can only spare an hour your help would be very much appreciated. For example:

Saturday 26 August 

  • 4pm-6pm Hall set up
  • Setting out tables and table covers (for buffet)
  • Setting up bar area for teas & coffees
  • Flower centre piece

Please note the kitchen will be used for hot food preparation rather than teas/coffees on the Sunday.

Sunday 27th August

We will buy in some food but would welcome homemade savoury finger food/canapes or tray bakes cut up into small portions to intersperse with the bought stuff!

Volunteers (adults and children (where tasks are suitable)) are needed for:

  • Car parking stewards
  • Tea/coffee area
  • Wine, Prosecco and soft drinks area
  • Circulating with trays of drinks and food / paper plates and napkins
  • Setting out food on platters
  • Heating food and setting out at beginning and during event
  • Collection and washing of used glasses (they will be hired)
  • Clear up using bin bags for paper plates and napkins
  • Clear up of tea cups
  • General clear up in hall and putting away tables and chairs.

All help and loan of items such as platters for serving would be most appreciated.

BISHOP PETER’S FORWARD PLANNING FOR ST MARY’S CHURCH, WOBURN SANDS: Our Bishop faces many problems; all our parishes are affected in some way and with the retirement of Fr Ken, innovative solutions have been forced upon the Bishop. Sadly it is not possible to provide a new Parish Priest here at St Mary’s, nor to support our current three weekend masses, which are to be reduced to two. The 6.30 pm , Saturday and 10.30 am Sunday masses will continue but the Sunday 8 am Quiet mass will be discontinued. The Mass at Cranfield will move back to Sunday 6.30 pm. The address for letters on this matter is: Bishop Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton, Bishops House, Marriott Street, Northampton, NN2 GAW. This item has been repeated to ensure that those on holiday have the opportunity to see it.


The work of our grounds man, who maintains all the grass, has been further complicated by the introduction of shrubs, small conifers and ornaments bedded in pathways adjacent to headstones. These are lovely floral tributes to our dearly loved and departed families and friends but are causing problems. When you are considering such tributes please employ something in an urn to place on the actual site and which you can then tend. The Marian Shrine welcomes the same type of tributes – when new internment of ashes happens bedded-in plants have to be removed, which can cause much heartache.

PRAYER FOR THE PARISH  In this time of change within the Parish, I believe we should all be praying for God’s Grace to stay as a thriving active Catholic community, and so have written a prayer for the newsletter, to be said at each mass in the  coming months. THE PRAYER  “Jesus in Your Holy name we pray for our parish in this time of change. Come Holy Spirit, come and inspire us to be a thriving Catholic Community, a beacon of Your Presence where many will know the Love and Grace of God. Amen” 

RED BOXES: Please can you bring in your red MISSIO boxes for collection as there may be old five pound notes or one pound coins in them, and these will not be legal tender from October this year. There are brown money envelopes on the table By the door.

CHURCH CLEANING TEAMS: Please collect your copy of the 2017-2018 Rota from the table at the back. 

USED STAMPS FOR GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND:  Please leave all those stamps you have so kindly gathered on the table by the door.  Every stamp helps in this good cause.

ONLINE FORM AVAILABLE FOR CHURCH GIVING: For more information about secure giving click here. To download a form click here  (Northampton Diocese website).